I didn’t wake up one day, bump into Ashlyn on the street, take her to my church, call up our family, friends, and pastor and make a commitment to spend the rest of my life with her. No, instead this decision to love took time, patience, and endurance. It was built over dates, long talks, and even fights. It was built on COMMITMENT: to care for one another and to keep Christ at the center of everything we do. This commitment called for a plan to put that decision to love one another into action. To truly commit one must plan to commit.
This month in Kingdom Avenue we will be talking about COMMITMENT. A relationship with Christ calls for a COMMITMENT. Commitment is making a plan and putting it into practice. If we want to know Christ fully and make Him known we must practice our faith. Practicing our faith calls for a plan. This month Orange gives us 4 spiritual disciplines that need to be practiced to help build your relationship and strengthen your COMMITMENT to Christ.
The 4 disciplines are Hear, Pray, Talk and Live. Practice hearing what God says to you, practice praying to God, practice talking about God, and practice living for God. These disciplines can strengthen your child’s, your own, or your family’s relationship with Christ.
The Kingdom Avenue vision is to partner with families to build a firm foundation in Christ. To build that firm foundation it will require COMMITMENT from us and from you as the parent, especially if you are the head of the household. Our vision fits with the vision of Westbrook, which is “To know Christ fully and to make him known”.
My relationship with Ashlyn should not come as easy as it does. Yet what makes it easy is that we both have a commitment to Christ and we practice these 4 disciplines both separately and together. As we start our road of marriage, we walk down a road of COMMITMENT. This road will take hard work, dedication, and practice but we are committed to put Christ at the center of everything we do – and we’re ready to do just that. Are you ready to make a commitment with your family to know Christ fully and to make him known?